ARE YOU A PERSON WITHOUT SELF CONTROL
When you’re given a box of candy, don’t gulp it all down;
eat too much chocolate and you’ll make yourself sick;
And when you find a friend, don’t outwear your welcome;
show up at all hours and he’ll soon get fed up.
Anyone who tells lies against the neighbors
in court or on the street is a loose cannon.
Trusting a double-crosser when you’re in trouble
is like biting down on an abscessed tooth.
Singing light songs to the heavyhearted
is like pouring salt in their wounds.
If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch;
if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink.
Your generosity will surprise him with goodness,
and God will look after you.
A north wind brings stormy weather,
and a gossipy tongue stormy looks.
Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack
than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.
Like a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary
is a letter from a long-lost friend.
A good person who gives in to a bad person
is a muddied spring, a polluted well.
It’s not smart to stuff yourself with sweets,
nor is glory piled on glory good for you.
A person without self-control
is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.
Proverb 25:16-28 MSG